Not just special, but someone who makes such an impression that you are changed. Tania (mom) and Ethan (age 2) traveled from Quebec to Parkview for a week of outpatient therapy. During this time we were blessed to have them live with us at the Ronald McDonald House.
I remember walking into the kitchen and seeing Tania and Ethan for the first time. Tania was making breakfast while talking to Ethan in love tones, Ethan in turn was smiling with such a contentment. Their love for each other was evident as Tania explained her excitement around the special therapy that Ethan was receiving. Having cerebral palsy, Ethan depended on Tania for life functions and her care for Ethan was indispensable. They were connected, intertwined and an example of unconditional love.
I would often see Tania hold Ethan, her hand would gently support the back of his neck until his head rested on her arm. She would softly sit him on her lap so he could experience his environment outside of his stroller. Not once did I see Ethan without a giant smile, he was the definition of joy and innocence wrapped into one beautiful boy.
As the week went by we knew that our time with them was coming to a close yet we were excited that we would see them again as they returned to Parkview for future therapy. However, on their last day, Tania found out that the Doctor performing the therapy was moving to Texas. Our hearts were saddened as Tania explained that Texas was too far for them to travel. Ethan would not receive future therapy nor would we see them again.
As Tania left she wrote the following note “The most important thing is not about the money we saved staying here. It’s really feeling home away from home. I feel extremely comfortable and supported here. I don’t feel lonely, as I would if I had to stay in a hotel room. I was traveling by myself with my 2 year old son and I was scared with the idea of being on my own. We came for therapy for our son who has cerebral palsy. We were not going through a specific difficult time, it’s his condition that makes things hard for us on a regular basis. Being here helped me A LOT!”
Tania cared for Ethan as if it was her greatest privilege and Ethan is a result of his mother’s tender love…….. You will be missed Tania and Ethan, however your example will stay in our hearts.